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PGRs - apply for upto £500 to support your project


The next round of our biannual SPRING Competition is now open, with a deadline of 19 April 2024.

SPRING - Supporting Postgraduate Research to Inspire the Next Generation is a postgraduate research funding competition developed by water@leeds which is open to all postgraduate research students whose research involves some aspect related to water.

Maybe you work with water sustainability or sanitation? Perhaps your research helps implement water policy? Or maybe you look at water in the physical environment?

If it involves water, SPRING could help support a research idea! The award aims to provide additional research funds to research postgraduates to extend the scale and scope of their research projects.  Up to £500 is awarded and winners also receive an invitation to present at water@leeds annual Confluence.

The competition is open to PGRs from any school or faculty of the University of Leeds: there are no disciplinary boundaries. Water does not have to be the central theme of your PhD but must feature in the project you're proposing for SPRING support.

The award is given on the following criteria

  • Awards are aimed to support PhD students who require extra resources of funding for research activities.
  • Preference will be given to new research work and professional development activities.

What is not funded:

  • conferences
  • travel (unless for field work that would not otherwise take place)
  • publication costs

How to apply

We assume that you will have discussed your application with your supervisor, and have their approval.

Access and submit the form via this MS Forms link.

Applicants must describe how this award will contribute to their work, emphasising aspects of innovation, potential impact and career development. A breakdown of how the funds will be spent must also be provided, plus details of your existing funding.

If you are successful, you will…

  • be awarded up to £500 for your research project
  • feature in our water@leeds newsletter and website
  • present at Confluence, the water@leeds annual event, and
  • provide a two-page activity report within six months of the award, describing the work you undertook and providing photos and any preliminary data.

Applicants please note: The maximum amount that can be applied for is £500.  Unsuccessful applicants may resubmit but must ensure subsequent submissions respond to any feedback received or are significantly different from earlier submissions.

If you have any questions email us at

Photograph: 2023 SPRING winners